Mindfulness for High Adventure Campers
I had the privilege of leading the daily mindfulness for the High Adventure campers at camp last week. This was a bit out of my comfort zone but I was able to find some great resources online. You do not need to be a yogi or meditation specialist to lead a mindfulness session.
The original schedule was to do yoga indoors each day but space was not available so we moved outdoors. This changed up some of the poses I used so that the campers weren't laying or kneeling on the ground (no cat, cow, downward facing dog or full sun salutations) but it was great to be outdoors and hear the sounds of nature.
Basic yoga poses that I did with campers:
Sitting with balloon breath – hands on stomach, eyes closed, focused on breathing, and sounds
Sitting side stretch
Sun salutations (basic)
Sitting again – focused on breathing, closed eyes, I read the Closing Thoughts from each Campfire Outline during this time and then ended with a quiet moment.
Mindful Kids – Feel Good Affirmations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffXclh8cdkY
This wasn’t on my agenda, but I found it after we had rain and our yoga spot was too wet to work at. I did this on Wednesday and Saturday (the final day at camp before they loaded on the bus). I asked the campers on Saturday to really listen to see if it made them feel differently than the first day they heard it. I think about 2/3 of them raised their hands at the end and said it did feel differently on the last day. We didn’t have time to explore that, but I will do so in the future.
I will strongly recommend putting 20-30 minutes of mindfulness each day at camp. You can sit quietly and listen to nature, do basic stretches or some yoga moves, find mediations and affirmations to play. The choices are endless but the affect on mindfulness is powerful.